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This week’s Pucking Awesome Hat Trick is going to be a little different just like an Olympic NHL season. Speaking of those upcoming Olympics next month, fans get treated to All-Star games of countries the NHL fan does not get to see when the Eastern Conference best square off against the Western Conference best. So this week I am going to announce the Pucking Awesome NHL All-Star rosters. Keep in mind all teams must be represented and sorry for not doing it World vs U.S.
EASTERN CONFERENCE ROSTER
G Martin Brodeur—You can officially call it a bounce back year
D Mike Green—Leads all defenseman in points, PP points and is a +20
D Chris Pronger—Has solidified Flyers back line and special teams
W Alex Ovechkin—Has 29 goals in only 39 GP, plus need to see him in skills competition
W Marian Gaborik—Has stayed healthy thus near the top in goals scored
C Sidney Crosby—Has proved he can score goals with the best of them
G Ryan Miller—Would be Vezina favorite if it wasn’t for that Brodeur guy
G Henrik Lundqvist—Always gives his team a chance to win
D Tomas Kaberle—Rumors will swirl in second half as this guy continues to produce
D Mark Streit—Had to take an Islanders and Streit seems to be the pick until Tavares blossoms
D Tobias Enstrom—Having a career year in Atlanta
D Zdeno Chara—Have to take a Bruin and everyone wants to see him in hardest slap shot
F Tomas Plekanek—Already getting close to his career high in assists
F Martin St Louis—Still raking up points quietly in Tampa
F Eric Staal—Again, have to take a Hurricane, injuries and bad supporting cast have slowed his production a bit
F Stephen Weiss—Blossoming into a superstar while also stepping up for injured David Booth
F Mike Fisher—Snub off Canadian Olympic team for now, but makes the team as lone Senators
F Nicklas Backstrom—We knew he could pass, but who knew he could score?
F Iyla Kovalchuck—Biding his time in Atlanta by still showing the league he is a top sniper
F Evgeni Malkin—This was a star power pick, a lot of other players deserve this spot but an All-Star game is made to show off stars
F Steve Stamkos—Last roster spot goes to under the radar player with big numbers
WESTERN CONFERENCE ROSTER
G Miikka Kiprusoff—Toughest call on team, couldn’t go wrong on any of the G’s on team
D Duncan Keith—The best defenseman on the best team always makes it, plus he is really good
D Dan Boyle—Why did the Lightning trade him again?
W Dany Heatley—Has fit well on the west coast
W Patrick Marleau—Quieted critics with monster first half
C Henrik Sedin—Only because Thornton starting here would be silly
G Ilya Bryzgalov—Big reason why Phoenix is in the playoff hunt
G Jimmy Howard—Again tough call with Nabakov, Luongo and Huet all having good seasons, but where would Red Wings be without Howard?
D Drew Doughty—Going to be a superstar in this league
D Christian Ehrhoff—Why did the Sharks trade this guy?
D Stephane Robidas—Has become a force on the power play
D Lubomir Visnovsky—Bright spot for dismal team, tough choice for Oiler between him and Penner
F Joe Thornton—What a dominant first line the Sharks have
F Patrick Kane—Scoring a torrid pace for hot Hawks
F Brad Richards—Finally proving worth in Dallas with more points this season than all of last
F Paul Stastny—Tough choice for Av with Stastny and Wolski
F Mikko Koivu—What can’t this guy do?
F Corey Perry—You want consistent, he had a 19-game point streak this season
F Andy McDonald—Finally makes first all-star team because we have to take a Blues player
F Rick Nash—Still scoring for struggling team
F Patric Hornqvist—Came out of nowhere to score some big goals for Predators